Sixth drunk driving conviction may face Rochester man after his arrest

Drunken driving

A 55-year-old Rochester man faces his sixth drunken driving conviction after his arrest Nov. 20.

The felony charge filed last week against George A. Posanski carries a fine of $25,000 and 10 years in prison. Posanski also faces a misdemeanor charge of operating after revocation, which carries a fine of $2,500 and a year in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint: Racine County Sheriff’s Department deputies were dispatched to a report of a reckless driver in the 400 block of South Jefferson Street in the village of Waterford.

Police found a vehicle that matched that description parked in front of a residence on South Front Street. A man and woman exited the home, and the male, later identified as Posanski, was swaying and smelled of intoxicants. Posanski admitted he had been driving the vehicle, and after a series of field sobriety tests, was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for a legal blood draw.

During a search of the vehicle, police found 11 empty beer cans and two unopened cans on the floor behind the front passenger seat.

Court records indicate that Posanski has previous drunken driving convictions in 1998, two in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2012.

Posanski is due back in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m.

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